How to Dress Oversized Windows: Practical, Attractive Strategies

Oversized, sometime floor-to-ceiling sized, windows are a coveted asset in a home. Big windows that let in lots of natural light make a home feel bright and cheerful. However, when it comes to choosing a window treatment for an oversized window, the very proportions that make the window so attractive also make it a decorating challenge. Meeting this challenge is a matter of finding the right balance of light control and style at your particular price point, without overwhelming the room or blocking the beauty of the window. Here are a few strategies on how to achieve that balance.

Step 1

Taking Measurements and Other Considerations

The first thing you need is a set of accurate measurements for your window; find a helper to assist you. You will need to measure dimensions at several intervals along the width and height of the window because your window may not be perfectly square. If you get different measurements, average them together.

Different measurements are needed for different types of window treatments.  For instance, horizontal blinds or shades are usually hung inside the casement of the window and curtain panels or valances are hung from a rod that extends beyond the outer dimensions of the window.

Also consider the function of your room when considering window treatments. Privacy is not as much of an issue in a family room or dining room as it is in a bedroom. Light control is also important in a bedroom where sunlight can wake you before it is time to get up. In this case, light blocking fabric or shades may be needed.

Step 2

Categories of Window Treatments

There are many ways to treat a window, from curtain panels to shades, drapes to blinds or shutters to valances.

• Drapes or curtains are usually made of cloth, from lightweight cotton to heavier brocades and velvets. They can be casually arranged on tabs or rings on a curtain rod or set up on a pulley system. Looks can range from casual and eclectic to dramatically formal, modern or traditional depending on the fabric, color, pattern and style. Valances, swags and scarves can be used to dress up the top of the window.

• Blinds can be horizontal or vertical and made of wood, faux wood, metal, or fabricated materials. Colors and styles are endless and blinds allow for incremental of light control in nearly limitless combinations.

• Shades come in fabrics, woods and natural bamboos or grasses as well as modern solar shades that let you see through the window while blocking sunlight. Options like top down/bottom up and remote controls make shades a wonderful option for oversized windows.

• Shutters allow for incremental light control and are charming in country or cottage interiors. They can be combined with panels if desired for a softer look.

Your individual taste is what will drive you in choosing one type of window treatment over another. You’ll also want to consider the style of the room, the amount of light control and privacy required, and ease of maintenance with regard to your lifestyle. For example, vertical blinds can become a maintenance nightmare if you have a cat that likes to weave in and out of the slats. Interior décor magazines, window treatment catalogs, and home design websites and TV programs are good sources of inspiration.

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